The online magazine exploring the history and legacy of the ancient world in all its complexity.

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Rhakotis Book Prize Shortlist

We can announce the shortlist for this year’s Rhakotis Prize. The following books interrogate the idea of ‘Classics beyond the classics’, examining the ancient world and its legacy in all its complexity. All books published between January 2020 and December 2021 and whose topic is broadly the ‘Classics beyond the classics’ are eligible. This year…

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Rhakotis: bound editions

Rhakotis Magazine

We take our name from Rhakotis, the Egyptian fishing town that developed into Alexandria, the classical city par excellence. Just as that city was both Egyptian and international, so was the ancient world.

We see the ancient world as a complex and cosmopolitan space in which various societies intermingled, creating international and local cultures that changed, merged and ruptured over the centuries. The history and culture of these societies have had and continue to have an impact on later societies which are themselves complex and never neutral.

Art and the ancient world

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Animals in the ancient world

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